An awareness rally against the use of killer Chinese Manjha was organised by Social Activist Balvinder Singh in which members of Civil Society and students of Tiny Tots High School, Alexandar Memorial High School and Hari Singh Hr Secondary School participated.
The rally was flagged off by Adl DC Jb Rashpal Singh and SDPO North Varun Jandial.
The rally started from Shaheedi Chowk and culminated at Shaheedi Chowk after passing through various markets of Jammu city.
The aim was to make people aware of the fatal effects of razor-sharp thread made of nylon/plastic/synthetic using glass/metal generally known as “Chinese Manjha” also called as GATTU. Singh said that Manjha poses a great threat not only to people flying kites, but to bikers, scooterists and birds also.
District Magistrate Jammu has also imposed ban on procuring stocking, sale and use of Chinese Manjha under section 144 of CrPc.
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National Green Tribunal, NGT, has also, nationwide, banned the use of nylon or any synthetic material which is non-biodegradable on July 2017 on the ground that it poses threat to life and environment.
The green tribunal directed all the state governments to prohibit the manufacture, sale and use of such thread.
The kite flying season is going on and will continue from Raksha Bandan to Janmashtami, it has been observed last year that despite the ban, the Manjha was available in the market, resulting in more than a dozen cases of injuries as per Government Medical College & Govt. Hospital Gandhi Nagar.
Singh also referred two cases of Delhi where 3-year-old Saanchi Goyal and Harry, 4, those who were travelling with their heads out of sunroofs in cars, in 2016, when kite strings slit their throats.
In West Delhi, a 22-year-old man Zafar Khan was killed when a kite string slashed his throat while he was riding a motorbike on a flyover.
Students of different schools were holding placards and banners displaying the pictures of the people of Jammu injured with Chinese Manjha during the last two years.
All those present in the rally urged upon the people especially the youths not to use the banned string as sale/purchase and use of Chinese Manjha is a crime and punishable in accordance with the provisions of Section 188 of RPC.
So Singh urged them to use the traditional cotton thread, instead of Chinese Manjha to save precious human life and birds.
Singh also urged upon the District administration and Police department to make strict compliance of the ban order issued under CrPc 144.
Singh also appealed to the people that if they found any shopkeeper selling this deadly Chinese Manjha, immediately inform police or even him on his phone number.